November 24, 2020

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The unmissable 2020 home decor trend that has gone viral

Feature walls (also known as accent walls) are on the decorating trend of 2020! They can also be an exciting design element in any room as well as a fun and creative project to undertake. The easiest and least expensive way to create one is with paint – there is no limit to the effects, and it is the easiest material to change.

With the new range of painting tools from top brand Harris now available, this is the perfect time to give a feature wall a go.

By their very nature, however, feature walls can be dramatic, so it is a good idea to get some advice on how best to go about it, before starting the job.

Top decorating brand, Harris has a host of handy tips on how to achieve a stunning effect that you will be happy to live with in the long term – visit www.harrisbrushes.com.

1: Which wall(s) to paint – or not

2: What kind of tools and techniques to use to get great results

3: What kind of design to choose

1. Which walls to paint

A feature wall draws the eye to a focal point. So, use it to emphasise features that already exist rather than fight with them. If you have a fireplace or an archway, choosing a different wall risks the room feeling chaotic.

Similarly, if the room already has lots of furniture or surface patterns, then a feature wall as well may be too much.

Small rooms will look smaller with a feature wall, so one colour all over – even if it’s bold – will work better.

To make a ceiling look higher, or a room less narrow paint the bottom two thirds of a wall darker and the top third lighter with a clean, straight divide.

Corridors and hallways can carry more intense colour effects as they are not areas where time is spent, and the drama can make great first impressions.

You might also use a feature wall to create zones in an open plan area – separating living from dining, or making a home office area in a room used mostly for something else.

2. What kind of tools and techniques to use

Just like any decorating task, painting a feature wall is much more successful using the right tools for each stage of the project.

It will also be easier and quicker with high-quality tools that are comfortable to use and are guaranteed no bristle loss. With Harris NO-LOSSTM technology you can be confident.

For a feature wall, you need the Harris Ultimate Walls & Ceilings Blade Brush for precision, the Harris Ultimate Walls & Ceilings Flat Brush for faster painting and a Harris Ultimate Walls & Ceilings Roller.

For the straight edges of a pattern, you need Harris Ultimate Fine Line Masking Tape. If you use a sub-standard tape, you will either have paint bleed underneath, or you will pull the paint off the wall and have a sticky residue left behind.

As with any decorating it’s best to prepare properly, covering floors and furniture that cannot be moved with a Harris Seriously Good Double Protection Dust Sheet, masking light switches and cleaning the painting area with a Harris Seriously Good Microfibre Cleaning Cloth.

You also need a nice even base coat for your feature wall so if you have not already decorated, then this is the next step.

To create your design, use your Harris Ultimate Fine Line Masking Tape and start to make shapes with the tape on the wall.

Then use a Harris Ultimate Walls & Ceilings Flat Brush, or an Ultimate Walls & Ceilings 4-inch Mini Roller if you have space. These products will give you a great finish and let you work much faster.

Choose the one that fits the size of your shapes best. If you are working on large areas or have chosen just one colour for your pattern, double the amount of UV tape around the edges and use the Harris Ultimate Walls & Ceilings Powercoat Roller to cover the most wall and get finished even more quickly.

Depending on the colours chosen, you could need more than one layer.

3. What kind of design to choose

Feature walls do not have to be bold or bright. A subtle pattern can create interest without being too overwhelming.

Complementary colours usually work well, but a good rule of thumb is 60-30-10. Use light colours for 60% of the space, so it will look brighter, darker colours for 30% and 10% for accents or details. More than three colours are usually too much.

Highlights: Interesting architectural details can be picked out with contrasting or complementary shades. You could even be a bit playful with something very traditional like a cornice by painting in a very modern shade or adding a stripe.

The Unexpected: Remember that feature walls do not just have to be about the plaster. Picking out functional features like dados, picture rails, doors or door panels, skirting boards, steps – or maybe just the risers – in bright zingy colours can create a great look.

It might sound fiddly but cutting in brushes from Harris will make the job a whole lot easier.

Stripes, blocks and geometrics: Lines, borders, formal stripes, checks or dramatic colour blocking inspired by the artist Mondrian can all be achieved with the help of good quality Harris Masking Tape and Harris not only has the kit but can also take you through the process step by step.

Bigger blocks of contrasting colours can be used for zoning and for changing the mood and a broad horizontal stripe around the room can be eye-catching. You can even break away from straight lines, by overlapping tape at different angles.

Illusions: This idea is all about tricking the eye into seeing features that are only painted effects. Stair runners are a good example. Fake dado rails or borders can be used to frame floors, fireplaces, arches, windows and other features, drawing attention to them.

You could even outline a window frame with a stripe of paint to create a ‘picture-like’ effect or create the illusion of 3D on a wall just by painting the sides of it in a slightly darker shade.

Again, Harris masking tape is the key decorating aid required.

Decorating tools from Harris are available through many DIY stores – see the stockist list on www.harrisbrushes.com. For more information about Harris decorating tools, preparation and cleaning products, plus invaluable hints and tips on all key decorating projects, visit www.harrisbrushes.com. All with the help from Harris… let’s decorate.

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